The Shed, as it has been bluntly named, is a new, soon-to-be-opened multi-purpose arts center located in the industrial Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan. The 200,000-square-foot modular building is scheduled for a grand opening this coming spring on April 5th, and hopes to offer New Yorkers with a wide range of entertainment and artistic-based programming for its inaugural season in 2019.The Shed’s artistic director and chief executive, Alex Poots, recently shared details on what New Yorkers and tourists can expect out of the massive new performance space in its first year. The Shed’s 2019 schedule will feature over a dozen exhibitions, performances, and lectures from both well-established and emerging artists. The new venue hopes to be more than just another music or performing arts center, as it looks to include a rich diversity of programming including theatrical productions, dance, visual art, poetry, film, classical and pop music. The building itself will feature a pair of column-free galleries, a 500-seat theater which can be subdivided into multiple spaces, rehearsal rooms, and the McCourt space which can be covered with a moveable shell. The Shed cost an impressive $475 million to build, with $75 Million coming from former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg alone. Anyone else got that kind of cash laying around? Didn’t think so.The Shed NYC – Interior Design Plans[Video: Dezeen]“We wanted this to be a building that could bring parity across pretty much all art forms,” Poots mentioned in a new report with the New York Times. “People like opportunities, not instructions.”The main headline one is presented with when visiting The Shed’s website is a mission statement reading, “Made to commission, produce, and present the full spectrum of performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture.” According to The Shed’s 2019 schedule, 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen will present the first in a series of concerts called “Soundtrack of America” for the venue’s opening day. Other scheduled events and exhibitions to take place this spring and summer include “Reich Richter Pärt,” an art installation by Gerhard Richter and music by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt; An “Open Call” project, which presents various works from 52 emerging artists from around the city; A kung fu musical titled “Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise”; And a theatrical concert performance courtesy of Björk.New Yorkers and inquiring tourists can visit The Shed’s website for more info on what to expect in its inaugural year.[H/T New York Times]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Health care is one of the most virulent issues of our time.After former President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2011, Republicans in Congress pledged to repeal it. After winning the presidential election in November and holding onto control of both houses of Congress, Republicans vowed to replace the law with their own version of health care, one that would purportedly be more favorable to Americans. Led by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the GOP failed to even bring their legislation to the floor for a vote, however, marking a stunning defeat for the new president less than three months into his term. On Long Island, the promised repealing of Obamacare could have severe ramifications, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo characterizing Republicans’ recent changes as potentially “devastating” statewide. Politics aside, health care is a major issue that affects all Americans: the uninsured, those with high premiums, insured citizens hobbled by burdensome hospital or prescription drug bills. On Sunday, April 9, Long Islanders will get a chance to view the pitfalls of the American health care system firsthand during a screening of the documentary, Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. The viewing will include state Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) as a guest speaker. The documentary provides an “in-depth look into how our dysfunctional healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens,” according to the venue. The film will also highlight the very real ramifications for Americans struggling to choose between paying for drugs they need and other items they need to survive. The documentary not only covers the problems with America’s health care industry, but it also offers a way out: a single-payer system. The event is co-sponsored by Action Together Long Island and Long Island Activists. ‘Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point’ will be screening at Cinema Arts Centre, located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, on Sunday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. For more information and tickets, visit cinemaartscentre.org.